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4 FAQs about buying a franchise

On Behalf of | Jul 6, 2023 | Franchise Law

The idea of owning a franchise can be an appealing path to business ownership, offering you the opportunity to work within a proven system and capitalize on an established brand name. However, this venture also comes with its own unique set of risks, responsibilities, questions, and challenges.  We previously posted about 5 things to consider before buying a franchise.

If you are considering buying a franchise, you likely have questions about the process, what it involves and what you can expect. Here are the answers to some common questions people often ask when they are thinking about making this significant investment.

Contact an experienced franchise attorney for more answers.

1. What are the advantages of buying a franchise?

One of the key benefits of buying a franchise in an established system is that you are purchasing a proven business model. This means you can benefit from an established brand name and enjoy the support of a larger business network. Franchisors often provide training and support in areas such as operations, marketing, and human resources. Moreover, you may also find it easier to obtain financing for a franchise in some systems because lenders consider them less risky than start-ups.

2. How much does it cost to buy a franchise?

The cost of buying a franchise can vary widely depending on the industry and specific franchisor. It includes the initial franchise fee, which can range from a few thousand to several hundred thousand dollars. On top of this, you will need to account for other costs such as equipment, supplies, rent, leasehold improvements, and working capital. It is important to thoroughly understand all the costs involved before you make the commitment.  Experienced franchise attorneys and accountants can help.

3. Can I sell my franchise?

Yes, you can sell your franchise. However, the process is often governed by the terms of your franchise agreement. Most franchisors have the right to approve any potential buyers to ensure they meet the franchisor’s qualifications. It is important to understand the details of your franchise agreement.

4. How much money can I make?

This is a difficult question to answer as it depends on numerous factors such as the specific franchise, your location, how effectively you operate the business, and market conditions. Some franchisors provide earnings claims in their Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), which can give you a sense of potential income.

Buying a franchise is a significant decision that requires careful consideration and research. By understanding the basics and asking the right questions, you can make an informed decision about whether this path to business ownership is right for you.